Military trying to crush Egyptian revolution

Tom Bramble Nine hundred people have been killed in Egypt in the past week, the vast majority of them supporters of the former Muslim Brotherhood government led by President Morsi. Brotherhood supporters have been protesting in their tens of thousands demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, who was over...CONTINUE READING

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Indonesian unions divided on next steps

Sherr Rinn During July and August, the Indonesian government firmed up its resistance to any further large increases in the minimum wage. Regulations are to ensure that wage increases don’t exceed companies’ “capacity to pay”. The regulatory offensive is meant to consolidate a several months long cou...CONTINUE READING

Greece: SYRIZA leadership cracks down on the left

Mick Armstrong Greek workers have provided the most inspiring resistance to the sharp economic crisis that has rocked the capitalist heartlands of Europe and North America. Last month they staged their twenty-seventh general strike since the beginning of the austerity measures that are destroying million...CONTINUE READING

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Australian colonialism in Papua New Guinea

Tom O’Lincoln In the earliest days of colonisation, Australia was a spearhead for the British Empire. But in the 1850s, gold rushes caused economic boom. The accumulated wealth began seeking outlets in the surrounding region, giving rise to an expansion drive. The colonists themselves became imperialist...CONTINUE READING

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Neo-colonialism in PNG

Tom Bramble The decision to dump up to 3,000 refugees at a time on PNG’s Manus Island tells us as much about Austraia’s neo-colonial relationship with its former dependency as it does about its racist disdain for the rights of vulnerable asylum seekers. Although nearly 40 years have passed since PNG w...CONTINUE READING

Manning verdict a broadside against democracy

Barry Sheppard While the capitalist press has focused on the decision of the judge in the court martial of Bradley Manning to find him not guilty of aiding the enemy, his conviction on 20 other charges amounts to a full-scale assault on democratic rights. The court martial now enters the penalty phase. M...CONTINUE READING

Chile on the edge of crisis

Jorge Jorquera This year Chile marks 40 years since Pinochet’s bloody coup of 11 September 1973. The coup brought the ideas of Milton Friedman and the “Chicago school” of economics into practice. After four decades of economic restructuring, Chile remains a model for neoliberalism. On 1 July the World Ba...CONTINUE READING

Sheryl Sandberg’s CEO manifesto

Jade Eckhaus Sheryl Sandberg’s new book LEAN IN: Women, Work and the Will to Lead is being peddled as a “sorta feminist manifesto”. It’s closer to an updated version of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, who last year took home $26.2...CONTINUE READING

Killed for being black

Barry Sheppard When the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for murdering Trayvon Martin was announced on 13 July, spontaneous protest demonstrations were held in cities and towns across the country. They have continued to this day. All black, civil liberties and civil rights organisati...CONTINUE READING